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Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica

Our journey aboard the National Geographic Sea Lion started seven days ago when we crossed the Panama Canal. We later explored one of the most important tropical biological island research centers on earth, known as Barro Colorado. After exiting the Panama Canal, we watched the sunrise on Isla Iguana, which is located on the Azuero Peninsula. Read More>

Mar 18, 2016 National Geographic Sea Lion in Costa Rica & Panama

Osa Peninsula; Caletas and San Pedrillo

An early wake up for all the enthusiastic birders and photographers to get the best of the morning light and birds activity. As our expedition leader organized it, we all got ready for our early expedition landing craft cruise on the “Agujitas”, a magical river. This gorgeous river has become a sanctuary for monkeys, lizards, toucans and many other bird species full of colors and ready to be capture by our cameras. Read More>

Mar 17, 2016 National Geographic Sea Lion in Costa Rica & Panama

Coiba National Park

One of Panama’s newest and largest national parks, Coiba National Park is the third largest marine park in the world; only the Great Barrier Reef and Galapagos National Park are larger. Coiba Island is the largest island in the park, and was the site of a prison for many years. Most of the islands in the archipelago have been almost completely isolated from development for over a century, and remain in their natural state. This morning, guests of the National Geographic Sea Lion landed on a tiny islet called Granito de Oro (Little grain of gold). Read More>

Mar 15, 2016 National Geographic Sea Lion in Costa Rica & Panama

Isla Iguana, Gulf of Panama

National Geographic Sea Lion sailed throughout the night from the Bay of Panama. The northern trade winds had brought her to a lovely west corner of the Gulf of Panama. The sound of the anchor being dropped indicated the she had arrived to our morning destination: Isla Iguana Wildlife Refuge, in the Azuero Peninsula. It was still dark when a group of our explorers decided to go ashore and wait for the sunrise. Read More>

Mar 14, 2016 National Geographic Sea Lion in Costa Rica & Panama

Barro Colorado Island and Pedro Miguel & Miraflores Locks, Panama

Our first full day in this expedition started early morning when our second pilot of the Panama Canal arrived to the National Geographic Sea Lion who repositioned the ship toward the Smithsonian Research Institute, Barro Colorado Island (BCI). As we arrived, the sun was just breaking through the clouds, lightening up the lush rainforest that surrounds the whole Gatun Lake. Read More>

Mar 13, 2016 National Geographic Sea Lion in Costa Rica & Panama

Barro Colorado Island

This morning we woke up anchored in front of our destination for our morning activities at Barro Colorado Island (BCI), the famous man-made island in the middle of the Panama Canal. Read More>

Mar 11, 2016 National Geographic Sea Lion in Costa Rica & Panama

Otoque and Bona Islands and the Panama Canal VIDEO

Today we started a lovely day with a warm cup of coffee and a breathtaking sunrise! We have been cruising over 190 nautical miles in the Gulf of Panama as we made our way into the one of the main activities of our trip: the Panama Canal to ocean transit.  Thanks to a smooth and pleasant ride we gained the opportunity to first visit a very important group of islands called Otoque and Bona on our way to the canal. Read More>

Mar 10, 2016 National Geographic Sea Lion in Costa Rica & Panama

Coiba National Park

Today we started our exploration of Panama. Our introduction began in the beautiful Coiba National Park which is one of the largest marine parks in the world. We spent the entire day enjoying the water and beaches of this protected area. Our first stop of the day was the picturesque Canal de Afuera Island. Read More>

Mar 9, 2016 National Geographic Sea Lion in Costa Rica & Panama

Golfo Dulce, Casa Orquideas & Rio Tigre, Costa Rica

The southern Pacific shoreline of Costa Rica is as isolated as an oceanic island. The peninsula we were yesterday and the beautiful gulf we are today are amongst the least visited areas within this region. Neither place is easily accessible and require several hours of driving, domestic flights or hours of boat rides; therefore they are our quintessential stops. The Golfo Dulce translates to “sweet water gulf”, though in the early Spanish days it was thought to be a lake because of its narrow opening to the sea, and the many rivers that flow fresh waters into it. Read More>

Mar 8, 2016 National Geographic Sea Lion in Costa Rica & Panama

Osa Peninsula: Caletas reserve & Corcovado National Park

An early morning at the most bio-diverse place on the Planet, the Osa Peninsula, was just the perfect place to spend our second day in Costa Rica. The day started a bit slow for spotting wildlife since we got a bit of a rain, but what would you expect in the middle of the rain forest? But the rain didn’t deceive us and we all got ready to disembark to enjoy this magnificent ecosystem. Read More>

Mar 7, 2016 National Geographic Sea Lion in Costa Rica & Panama

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